The women’s basketball team suffered two road losses last week, bringing its season record to 4-4.
The Cardinals first traveled to Cedarville University on Tuesday, falling to the Yellow Jackets, 57-59. This was followed by another two-point loss on Wednesday to Ohio Dominican University, with a score of 76-74.
On Tuesday, the Cardinals got off to a slow start, allowing the Yellow Jackets to go on a 10-3 run in the opening three minutes. Led by junior Kaitlyn Geers’ free throws, the Cardinals would start to chip away at the deficit before ending the first half down 26-40.
The Cards proved to be a second half team as they brought the game within one point in the final frame. This can largely be credited to the Cardinals holding the Yellow Jackets to zero points for over five minutes in the fourth quarter.
With the game at 56-57, the Yellow Jackets would sink two free throws in the final 16 seconds, putting the game out of reach for the Cardinals. Geers led the Cardinals in both points and assists with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
The following day, the Cardinals traveled to Columbus, Ohio to face Ohio Dominican University.
The Cardinals scored first in Columbus and kept the strong momentum going through out the first half.
At the end of two quarters, the game remained close, with a score of 33-34 in favor of the Panthers. The game remained close in the second half, with the Panthers narrowly controlling the lead through much of the second half.
With four minutes remaining, the Cardinals took the lead for the last time. The game came down to the final seconds, as the Panthers scored a layup with time expiring.
Junior Julia Cianferra said she was not discouraged by the team’s losses, as the team has helped prepare the Cardinals for the upcoming GLIAC season.
“This preseason, our team fought super hard and had a lot of close games that will help us prepare for GLIAC matchups,” Cianferra said. “Hopes for the regular season continue to grow as we are getting better each game.”
The Cardinals GLIAC season is set to begin this week, as the team travel to Michigan Tech on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Northern Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Cardinals’ first regular season home game of the year will take place against Purdue Northwest in January 2020.